Putin wants to erase the very concept of the Ukrainian people – ISW

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Putin continued to deny Ukrainian sovereignty, which is fundamentally incompatible with serious negotiations, experts explain.

Putin does not accept the existence of a separate nation / Screenshot
Putin does not accept the existence of a separate nation / Screenshot

Vladimir Putin ‘s statements about Ukraine should prompt others to consider whether the war is an act of genocide .

This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War ( ISW ).

During his speech at the Valdai Club, Putin continued to deny Ukrainian sovereignty, which is fundamentally incompatible with serious negotiations, experts explain.

On October 27, he stated that “the only real guarantee of Ukrainian sovereignty” can only be Russia, which “created” Ukraine. 

Putin confirmed that it is a “historical fact” that Ukrainians and Russians are essentially “one people” erroneously divided into “different states.” On October 26, Putin announced that Ukraine had “lost sovereignty” and became a member of NATO.

“Putin’s perpetuation of the narrative that Ukraine and Russia are a single people, divided into different states by arbitrary historical circumstances, points to his constant goal to destroy the Ukrainian state and erase the very concept of the Ukrainian people,” analysts say. 

He added during a question and answer period that “if any part of this unified ethnic group at some point decided that it had reached such a level as to consider itself a separate people, then it could only be answered with respect.” As experts note, many of the conventions in this comment underline Putin’s rejection of the idea that any independent Ukrainian national identity currently exists. 

“These statements, along with many of Russia’s actions, should cause serious reflection on the question of whether Russia’s war against Ukraine is an act of genocide, since genocide is legally defined as “acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group,” the Institute for the Study of War emphasizes. 

War against Ukraine as genocide

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russians have been shelling residential buildings and civilian infrastructure, resulting in the deaths of Ukrainian civilians, including children. 

In the occupied territories, the Russian military conduct filtering, torture and kill people who take a pro-Ukrainian position. 

After liberation from the Russian occupiers, mass graves and mass graves with tortured Ukrainians are found in settlements. Also, hundreds of children have already been forcibly taken out of Ukraine to the territory of the Russian Federation.

On April 14, the Verkhovna Rada recognized Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people and called on the international community to do the same.

(c)UNIAN 2022

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